Car manufacturing worker

Alternative titles for this job include Car maker, assembly line worker, motor vehicle assembler

Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.

Average salary (a year)

£11,500 Starter

to

£22,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become a car manufacturing worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include a Level 3 Diploma in Automotive Engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through an automotive engineering manufacture advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

Some car manufacturing companies take on trainees, so you can learn the skills you need on the job. 

Direct application

You could apply directly for a job as a car manufacturing worker. You may find it useful if you have experience in production manufacturing, tyre or exhaust fitting, or vehicle maintenance.

Employers may ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Many car makers offer in-house training.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your duties will depend on which part of the production line you work on. You could be:

  • taking delivery of parts from suppliers
  • operating presses that shape metal sheets and components
  • fixing the engine and frame to the vehicle chassis
  • assembling other parts using robotic welders and hand tools
  • controlling paint spraying machinery
  • fitting interiors, wiring, lights, dashboards and windscreens
  • moving finished vehicles to storage areas ready for shipping
  • carrying out quality checks at each stage of production, using digital readouts and manual inspections

Working environment

You could work at a car manufacturing plant.

Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader. 

You could also train to work as a maintenance engineer, servicing and repairing the production line machinery.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Engineering Fitter

  • Wage : £261.30 - £357.24 Weekly
  • Location: Bath BA1 3JL

Electrical Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage : £288.47 Weekly
  • Location: Stonehouse GL10 3EP

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